Washington And Oregon Experience Construction Job Growth Early In 2016
Washington followed up a tepid January with a strong February, adding 4,700 construction jobs in the month, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures in Washington’s Monthly Employment Report. That rise comes after the state lost 2,100 jobs in construction in January, according to non-seasonally adjusted numbers. However, the state gained 400 construction jobs in January when accounting for normal seasonal patterns.
With a second straight month of positive job growth, construction continues to be a bright spot in Oregon, according to a press release from the State of Oregon Employment Department. Total construction employment in the state sat at 82,300 jobs in February, an increase of 5.1% over a year ago. That growth rate ranks 20th nationally.
Alaska’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained remained steady at 6.6% between January and February of this year, according to the State of Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That figure is slightly higher than the 6.4% unemployment rate in the state had in February 2015.